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Be Disaster Ready in 2011

Posted by: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs

 As the countdown to New Year’s Eve continues, FEMA is doing our part to encourage all of you out there still looking for a New Year’s resolution to Resolve to be Ready in 2011.  Last week, we highlighted op-eds written by Nancy Ward, our Region 9 Administrator, and Ken Murphy, our Region 10 Administrator, in the LA Daily News and the Oregonian. Yesterday, our Administrator Craig Fugate continued this drumbeat, partnering with Jim Bassham, the director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, on an op-ed published in the Tennessean:

“This was a challenging year for families across Middle and West Tennessee. No one will soon forget the historic floods that stretched from Nashville to Memphis and numerous towns in between. Throughout the disaster response and the longer-term recovery, Tennesseans have truly stepped up to help each other out. That’s why, as families and friends come together to celebrate the holidays and close the book on 2010, we’re asking you, if you haven’t already, to get prepared now, before the next disaster strikes.”

You can read their full op-ed here. As they note, FEMA and TEMA were proud to team up to help residents and communities across Tennessee during this recovery, and we’re proud that we were able to team up again to remind everyone of the importance of being prepared. So especially with severe winter storms hitting many of us across the country, take a few minutes to sit down with your family and follow our basic steps for getting prepared. Join Craig and Jim and Resolve to be Ready in 2011.

- Rachel

Last Updated: 
02/26/2013 - 13:58


I understand how those that were affected in Tenne...

I understand how those that were affected in Tennessee must feel...we get some pretty bad floods here in the hill country of Texas too. I've watched homes float by on what is normally a dry creek. It is important that the community has a strong sense of itself so that everyone pulls together and helps those that are the most affected pull through what is probably the most stressful time of their life.

Is there a place where DAEs can share ideas or con...

Is there a place where DAEs can share ideas or concerns?

@ Anonymous - FEMA Disaster Assistance employees s...

@ Anonymous - FEMA Disaster Assistance employees should work through their cadre manager for any deployment questions. If you have an idea for a blog post or improvement, feel free to leave a comment or send an e-mail to Looking forward to hearing from you!

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